Addiction Among Physicians and Physician Health Programs (W4009)
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1 HLT Credit
This is a recording of a live webinar delivered on March 26, 2024.

Physicians, like all health care workers, are susceptible to mental health challenges that are often exacerbated by stress, burnout, and empathy fatigue. Health care workers are safety-sensitive workers, and their wellbeing has an impact on the lives of others. 

This webinar will explore how physicians have had remarkable success in managing substance-related disorders and other mental health issues through Physician Health Programs (PHPs) such as the Georgia PHP. We will discuss how the Georgia PHP works with hospitals and health care systems to improve the health of all Georgians. 

Paul H. Earley, M.D., DFASA

Dr. Paul Earley is the medical director of the Georgia Professionals Health Program, Inc., the Physicians Health Program for the state of Georgia. He has been an addiction medicine physician for 38 years and treats all types of addiction disorders. He specializes in the assessment and treatment of health care professionals and works with patients in recovery, providing long-term therapy for those who suffer from this disease.

Dr. Earley speaks about addiction among healthcare professionals and trains therapists in psychotherapy. He has also provided training throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Italy, and Switzerland.

Dr. Earley is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and has served on the board of ASAM for over 20 years in several capacities, including as past president. He has been the medical director of two nationally acclaimed addiction programs specializing in the care of health care professionals who suffer from addiction illnesses. Dr. Earley is a past president of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs.

The speaker has no real or perceived conflicts of interest that relate to this presentation.

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to: 


    1. List the epidemiological features of problematic substance use among physicians.
    2. Explain patterns of problematic substance use that are unique to physicians.
    3. Discuss the etiology and antecedents of substance misuse among physicians.
    4. Describe the unique treatment and monitoring model for physicians who misuse substances and how this approach improves outcomes and ensures public safety.

The Georgia Hospital Association Research & Education Foundation is an approved provider of nursing home administrator credits as a professional trade association in long term care under Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 393-13-.02, (1) (a). Approved for 1 contact hour. 

By attending Addiction among Physicians and Physician Health Programs offered by Georgia Hospital Association, participants may earn up to 1ACHE Qualifying Education Hour toward initial certification or recertification of the Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) designation. Attendees who wish to have the hours applied toward ACHE Qualifying Education credit must self-report their participation by logging into their MyACHE account and selecting ACHE Qualifying Education Credit.

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